I have a role in my Drupal site that I don't want to access the Drupal database updates. I can't seem to find the permission for "Run updates". What permission restricts access to this page (update.php)?

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The permission is Administer software updates

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    Check out update_access_allowed() in update.php for how this works.
    – mpdonadio
    Dec 16, 2013 at 17:12
  • Hmmm. I've logged in with the autenticated user role that does not have the Administer software updates permission checked but they can still access the update.php page. Also, "Run updates" is showing up as a drop down menu on the home button. !enter image description here
    – John81
    Dec 16, 2013 at 18:18
  • The answer provided is correct. The permission is Administer software updates. However, in my case I had the Administration menu module enabled and it seems to ignore that permission by showing Run Updates on its menu. I had to configure that module to hide the home button menu as a workaround.
    – John81
    Jan 20, 2014 at 19:48

Go to settings.php file and set

$update_free_access = FALSE;

After doing this only roles that have "Administer software update" permission will be able to see the "Run updates" tab.

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